Jimmy Strobl

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Should we comment on other peoples' writing?

So we all know the difference between "wall-of-text" and "well written"... We rarely read the wall-of-text...

Now, I've come across many discussions that seem worth having. The Title is good and should attract a lot of people but once you enter the conversation you realize that there are 2000 characters that you need to read...And you don't bother...

So, should we give advice to people on how to write in a "better" way?

Closing Statement from Jimmy Strobl

We should not comment on other peoples spelling!

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    Jun 7 2011: Jimmy, If we did we would open every conversation to death by a thousand cuts.
    One would correct spelling, another grammar. One would feel that they could give lessons in syntax. On a site like this I think the most important thing we can do is to try to bridge the gap and try to understand. If we have too little time or do not want to make the investment, I say move on. There are plenty of other questions, debates and ideas. We vote with our attention or lack of it and that is the best feedback. It is also very effective and efficient.
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    Jun 7 2011: Suggestion for posting - Focus on a single point. Find a way to clearly and succinctly make your point. End with an elicitation for a response.

    What do you think?

    [And use a spell checker. Oops, that's a second point!]
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      Jun 7 2011: ^^
      I once asked if a short comment was the best way to go on TED and someone responded that it's best to KISS (Keep It Short & Simple).

      Good suggestion Tim!
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      Jun 7 2011: Tim, I wonder how a right brained engineer got to be so good at understanding and eliciting responses out of other people. I am so grateful for the gentle guidance you exert on so many conversations.

      Jimmy, you too. I am so happy you're back because you are a younger Tim.
      PS I cannot imagine staying around if TED opened up the character limit on responses. I do not think I could stand it.
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        Jun 7 2011: Haha, a younger Tim, sounds good! ;D

        (there is already a character limit...2000)
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          Jun 7 2011: Yes, Jimmy. I want it to stay in place. I need it to stay in place. HHHaahhaa